Based on Google Search trends and online popularity, we are introducing the best entertainment streaming devices for 2020.
- Amazon Fire TV,
- Roku Streaming Stick Plus,
- Apple TV,
- Dabby by DabKick.
These are all great devices to have in your house so we’ll be discussing the pro’s and con’s of each device.
Amazon Fire TV
The Fire TV is easy to set up and use. The package comes with a dongle that connects to your TV via HDMI and a cord to power it. And a remote to control the interface and navigate. Another pro in Amazon’s corner is the speed of Fire TV. Due to the beefer specs Fire TV is faster than competitors such as Roku. Finally being able to connect with other Amazon devices is a big pro for Fire TV. You can connect devices such as Echo Show and use that to interact with Fire TV and so forth. So if you have other Amazon devices this is a good edition to the ecosystem.
One issue I have is the dependency of apps. If I don’t have the Netflix app downloaded then I cannot watch any Netflix content until I have downloaded it. A major con I have with the Fire TV is also how much Amazon pushes first party content. Oh you don’t have a Prime account? They’ll make sure you know constantly in an effort for you to get it. Lastly the UI is a bit choppy. Switching from one menu to another is not as smooth as it should be. Considering that Amazon has an amazing website you would assume their Fire TV would follow that path.
More here: Amazon Fire TV
Roku Streaming Stick Plus
Pros: The simplicity of Roku is a big pro. There is one HDMI dongle that plugs into your TV and a remote you use to control it. However the remote also has a dedicated earphone jack. This allows you to use it if you need to be quiet, perhaps your SO is sleeping next to you. The addition of dedicated streaming buttons is also nice. If you use Netflix, Sling TV, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video a lot these will be useful. However it would be great if you could program what services these buttons access.
Cons: One major con and possibly a deal breaker for some people is the lack of support for older devices. If you have an older Roku product some apps may not work. An example of this would be Netflix and their lack of app support for older Roku’s. Why would you buy a Roku when in a couple years it will be useless. Another gripe is the quality of the remote. It’s just a bulky rubbery remote that feels strange to hold and is another remote to add clutter to your living room.
More here: Roku Streaming Stick Plus
Pros: A big pro for Apple TV is that it has the ability to play games from the Apple Arcade. Apple has taken one more step to becoming an all encompassing media device. Another plus for Apple TV is that it supports Dolby Digital Plus 7.1. To those who care about quality sound this is a big thing.
Cons: A major con against the Apple TV is the remote. It’s a very elegant remote at the same time very fragile. Parts of it are made out of glass and many users have reported breaking the glass sections, such as the trackpad. And a new remote is not cheap, on Amazon they sell for $60. And this is a device that retails for $170. Another issue is the user experience screams Apple ecosystem, the UI is like every other Apple product. While uniformity is nice it would be better to have a neutral interface for those who aren’t used to the Apple ecosystem.
More here: Apple TV 4K
Dabby By DabKick
Pros: A pro for Dabby streaming device is the search capabilities. It is one of the most sophisticated searches I have seen, think Google Search but for media. You can tell Dabby to play a certain scene from a movie or show and it will find that exact scene. Another pro is the fact that you can use Dabby Touch as a standalone device, meaning that you can be watching something on your TV and continue to watch it on the touch device as you move around the house (think bathroom break during an important sports match). One thing I personally love is the second screen experience. I can be watching a live basketball game and on the second screen (Dabby Touch) I can get live player stats such as number of rebounds a particular player has.
Cons: One con about Dabby is its price point. The product costs $399. However the amount of features it has and what it is capable of doing counter against the price (it combines a smart remote, Roku stick, Echo Show and Facebook Portal and more). Another saving grace to this con is the fact that Dabby has features that save you money, canceling subscriptions you don’t use and enabling them when you want to use them. Another con is the lack of a web browser. Amazon Fire TV is based off of android and has a browser. Meanwhile Dabby is based off of a web browser but doesn’t allow you to surf the internet. Hopefully this is a feature that will come in the future as a software update.
More here: Dabby by DabKick streaming device